Unwanted gifts appeal

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A CHARITY that helps people with life-threatening heart diseases is urging people to donate their unwanted Christmas gifts.

Officials at the British Heart Foundation (BHF) want people in Hartlepool and east Durham to give their undesired presents to its unwanted gifts appeal.

Figures show that 76 per cent of people in the North East receive at least one gift they don’t want for Christmas - with this year’s X Factor winner’s single topping the chart of the most unwanted gifts. Saucy underwear, musical ties, a digital photo frame, a foot spa and novelty pants and socks also figure highly on the dreaded list.

But BHF shops in Hartlepool’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Yoden Way, in Peterlee, and Town Square, in Billingham, are crying out for such gifts, as well as unwanted furniture or electrical items.

Martin Newton, area manager for BHF shops in the North East, said: “People often receive perfectly good presents that are simply not to their taste, are the wrong size, or they may have been given two of the same item.

“Whether it’s a dress that doesn’t fit, a CD that’s not to your liking, or a book you’ve already read - your donations mean a great deal to heart patients in the North-East.”

For more information on BHF shops and to locate your nearest shop or to book a free collection visit www.bhf.org.uk or call 0844 412 5000.